Xbox One release date leaked? *Updated*

By Joe Gonzalez

*Update* It seems the reports weren’t true as an Xbox rep informed Kotaku that Xbox One won’t be releasing on November 8th, but I am pretty sure we will still see it launch in the later half of November.

Seems like Microsoft isn’t ready to start the race behind Sony. Kotaku has recently received a leaked marketing email from Walmart which indicates that the launch of the Xbox One is happening on Friday, November 8 of this year. If the leaks proves to be true, this gives Microsoft a week head start on Sony, beating it twice to the market two generations in a row.

The image shown by Kotaku lists upcoming games with a ‘Midnight Launch Confirmed’ as well as the PS4, but lacks ‘Confirmed’ on the Xbox One. This could be that either Walmart is estimating a launch day on or around there, or Microsoft has hinted retailers ahead of time before confirming the actual launch date.

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I’d imagine though, one week won’t have the same impact as the launches of the PS3/360. With a year head start, the 360 dominated the market before Sony could release their PS3, and the launch was troubled with a high price tag and a minimal selection of games. By the time the PS3 was released, the 360 had cemented itself in the market with a huge selection of games (including taking games meant to be PS3 exclusives), and a well implemented online system. This year, both Sony and Microsoft are ready to tackle another battle for top spot in the gaming market. With both consoles (tentatively)shipping out within a week of each other, the only true winners of this battle are the gamers playing them.

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